by Caryl Churchill. Directed by Amanda Waggott.
Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd September
Performance dates and venue :
Evenings at 7.30 :
Thursday 25th and Monday 29th November and Wednesday 1st, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December
Matinée at 3.00 on Saturday 27th November
to be performed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
(This show will be performing in repertory with Port Authority by Conor McPherson)
Audition dates and times :
Auditions will take place on Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd September at the Tower Theatre from 7.00. Auditions are are for Tower Theatre Company Members only.
If you would like to join the Company, please click here for more information.
Please read the play before auditioning. Contact the Director, Amanda Waggott to book an audition time, to obtain audition pieces to prepare and if you have any questions about the play or the production or cannot come to the audition on the dates shown.
About the play
“I’m walking down the street and there’s a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I’ve seen before.” Mrs Jarrett
Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the back yard. Tea and catastrophe.
Three women are taking tea on a summer’s afternoon. Mrs Jarrett arrives. Conversation is intimate but out of these cosy cross-purpose, quick-fire chats, monologues describing global catastrophe emerge. During the current pandemic none of these extraordinary speeches seem as farfetched as they perhaps were when the play was first shown in 2016.
It is a play that celebrates the resilience of women. The play’s title refers to the Biblical Book of Job from which the play also takes an epigraph.
“Escaped Alone viciously satirizes a contemporary capitalist culture which it portrays as moribund and rapacious. At the same time, it celebrates the (often unheard) voices and feelings of aging women, merging the resilience it might take to survive an imminent apocalypse with the resilience it takes to survive 70 years as a woman in a moribund and rapacious culture.”
Four Women – playing age 70s
Sally : eager – retied NHS worker. Sally reveals a profound fear of cats—so profound that it veers beyond phobia into obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Vi: Vi, a retired hairdresser, is more working-class than the other two women, but she is cheerful and outgoing and easily fits in. Vi reveals that many years earlier she killed her husband, perhaps in self-defence (she is unclear on that point even now). After six years in prison, she found herself estranged from her son.
Lena : Shy – used to be an office worker. Lena is extremely agoraphobic: a single thought can pin her to the spot for hours. She can’t make it to the grocery shop, but she longs to visit Japan.
Mrs Jarrett : A strong character who breaks out of the group to deliver alternating versions of the apocalypse.
Covid-19 Risk Assessment
We take the health and safety of our members and audience very seriously. There is still a level of uncertainty about Covid-19, and we will continue to work in line with Government guidelines for Arts Venues to keep everyone as safe as possible. You can find a copy of The Tower Theatre Guidance document here.